July 9, 2020

When you begin traveling once again, you may notice a few changes to airport screening procedures.

Not to worry though, these changes are designed to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to keep you safe and healthy.  Here’s what you should know the next time you arrive through a TSA checkpoint.

What’s new with TSA officers?

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, you’ll see TSA officers at the checkpoint taking specific health measures for everyone’s benefit.

TSA officers wear masks and gloves during the screening process.

Go the distance

Next time you’re entering a TSA checkpoint; you’ll notice indicators marked on the floor.

These markings intend to keep you and your fellow travelers safe from one another.

So the next time you arrive at the airport, make sure to stand on the designated spot until you’ve been asked to proceed through screening.

Shielding you from germs

You’ll now notice plastic shielding installed at various locations throughout the TSA checkpoint.

Similar to those you’ll find now at grocery store registers or a bank, these shields are designed to protect you and the TSA workforce.

You might even see shielding at the baggage drop-off location with an opening to push your baggage through. It’s just an additional layer of protection to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Scan yourself in

Getting your boarding pass and Identification verified has now gotten easier and safer. Gone are the days when you had to hand your ID to a TSA officer.

Now, you’ll be able to get your identification verified without any physical contact between you and a TSA officer.

However, the TSA officer may ask you to temporarily lower your face mask to verify you are who you say are.

Disinfecting common areas

TSA officers keep you safe and now healthy as well. The TSA workforce routinely cleans and disinfects frequently touched checkpoint surfaces as well as equipment.

This is designed to minimize cross-contamination and protect you and your loved ones against COVID-19.

Before heading to the airport this summer, do your part and be sure to pack smart! The fewer items you have to remove for screening, the easier it’ll be to get through security.

Speaking of disinfecting, TSA now allows each passenger to bring along one 12-ounce bottle of sanitizer with them through carry-on.

Here’s a tip! Want to zip through security? Consider signing up to TSA PreCheck™ to be able to keep your shoes, light jacket, and belt on and leave your laptop and 3-1-1 liquids bag in your carry-on.

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